Tell us about your experience with political ads

By The Center for Public Integrity

Americans saw more than 2 million TV ads during Election 2014 — did you find them to be informative?

The meanest U.S. Senate races of all

By Chris Kirk and Dave Levinthal

Many of the nation's most competitive U.S. races featured the most negative political advertising.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ps ran more than 1 million TV ads to influence those races, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of data from Kantar Media/CMAG, an advertising tracking firm. Ab …"

"… ack ads that aired were political ads. The following graphic, courtesy of Center for Public Integrity partner Slate, tells the story:   …"

North Carolina's state of political hate

By Dave Levinthal

North Carolina's U.S. Senate race is the nation's nastiest — and few are particularly friendly affairs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate contests":

"… ons nationwide in the number of Senate-focused ads aired. Across all U.S. Senate contests last week, about 18 percent of the more than 75,000 TV ads aired contained …"

Ads in U.S. Senate contests turn nasty

By Dave Levinthal

More than seven in 10 U.S. Senate-focused television ads last week attacked or criticized a political candidate.

Non-candidate spending increases in state elections

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Ben Wieder

TV ad spending in state elections since 2010 is down, but the portion ponied up by political nonprofits and state-level super PACs rises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Republican Governors Association":

"… ycle from such groups. The top spending independent groups so far are the Republican Governors Association at $11.4 million, Florida’s conservative Let's Get to Work political com …"

"… ates themselves. The top independent spender nationally has been the Republican Governors Association, which along with its state-level subsidiaries has spent $11.4 million on …"

"… t states. The Democratic Governors Association, which along with the Republican Governors Association advocates for the election of their parties’ gubernatorial candidates, t …"

"… annel Malloy. The group received at least 94 percent of its money from the Republican Governors Association. On the other side, the Democratic Governors Association recently fired b …"

Iowa, Michigan bombarded with political ads

By Michael Beckel

Open-seat Senate battles in Iowa and Michigan have attracted a flurry of TV ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kay Hagan":

"… 0 ads, according to estimates by Kantar Media/CMAG. There, incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, is locked in an equally nasty and pricey battle with Republic …"

Koch-backed seniors group low-balling election spending?

By Michael Beckel

The 60 Plus Association tells the IRS it barely spends money on politics — despite funding millions in candidate attack ads.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Washington":

"… or counsel at the advocacy group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, called the 60 Plus Association’s actions “simply outrageous” and no …"

"… take action against the conservative-leaning nonprofit. Cleta Mitchell, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney who represents numerous conservative groups, offered …"

Attack ads may actually be benefiting Obamacare enrollment

By Wendell Potter

Publicity from attacks may actually help hike enrollment.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Kay Hagan":

"… eat while Democrats Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina are facing serious re-election threats. The balance of p …"

U.S. Chamber targets Dems in state attorney general races

By Ben Wieder

Why are powerful business interests underwriting ads in AG races in the states?

Daily Disclosure: Obama slammed with $37 million in attack ads

By Rachael Marcus

Obama is hit with $37 million in attack ads, Romney with less than $1 million

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jeff Flake":

"… etween former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, the Democrat, and Rep. Jeff Flake, the Republican. More than $851,000 went to opposing Flake.The Senate race …"

Super PACs, nonprofits favored Romney over Obama

By Michael Beckel and Russ Choma

Funds from outside contributors neutralized Obama's fundraising advantage.

Excerpts from this story referencing "cancer":

"… s loses,” linked Romney to the death of a woman who lost her battle with cancer.Another of the super PAC’s most memorable ads featured a worker describi …"

Daily Disclosure: Tea party PAC turns Democratic attack on its head

By Rachael Marcus

A new attack ad from a tea party-aligned PAC say President Barack Obama treats the presidency as "spring break."

Daily Disclosure: Ads by anonymous political groups bash Obama on big night

By Rachael Marcus

President Barack Obama will take center stage amid a barrage of negative ads in North Carolina.

Environmental groups target New Mexico Senate race

By Alexandra Duszak and Reity O'Brien

Environmental groups are outspending big business for New Mexico Senate seat.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… hen-Rep. Tom Udall, now New Mexico’s junior U.S. Senator. She sat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Energy companies were among her major backers. …"

Daily Disclosure: Crossroads GPS hits North Dakota's Heitkamp

By Rachael Marcus

GOP-aligned dark money group Crossroads GPS launches second round of ads in North Dakota in as many weeks.

Former governor wins GOP Senate nod in Wisconsin

By Reity O'Brien and Michael Beckel

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson wins despite heavy spending by conservative super PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tammy Baldwin":

"… souri.In the November general election, Thompson will face Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who has already been subjected to negative ads.In late July, the U.S. Cha …"

Daily Disclosure: U.S. Chamber drops $5.9 million on ad blitz

By Rachael Marcus

Ad blitz targets eight key Senate races with attack ads.

FEC deadlocks on Super PAC ad coordination with candidates

By Sandy Johnson

American Crossroads had sought approval to coordinate its ads with candidates

One House seat in Kentucky embodies how outside groups dominate politics — with money

By Anne Farris Rosen

Candidates become mere pawns as big-money groups duke it out with attack ads

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… t nearly $2 million on ads and get-out-the-vote activity, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ analysis of FEC filings. More groups have joined their ranks in 2011, a …"

Tim Pawlenty's ties to "Swift Boat" Bob Perry

By Delal Pektas and Kelsey Sheehy

Texas donor of "Swift Boat" fame has long come to Tim Pawlenty's aid

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mike Hatch":

"… danger of losing his office as Minnesota governor.Pawlenty’s challenger, Mike Hatch, maintained a small but consistent lead over the incumbent governor going …"

"… investigation Hatch was later cleared of. The narrator intoned, “You're Mike Hatch, and you've got problems. You're under investigation for influence peddlin …"

The final countdown

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

If the story of this election is the rise of outside spending, the lesson we at You Report Election 2010 learned is that following the money

Crossroads GPS ad attacks Harry Reid, and attack ads

By Josh Israel and Aaron Mehta

Crossroads Grassroots Political Strategies (GPS), a conservative group that has poured millions of dollars into attack ads, is airing a new

Campaign MoneyWatch takes aim at Ken Buck’s loaded history

By Aaron Mehta and Josh Israel

It must be Ken Buck week here at You Report central. A reader in Colorado followed up yesterday’s post about an education group’s attack ad